Top Five Things to Know When You Buy Napier Jewelry

 
Vintage  Napier jewelry


Top Five Things to Know When You Buy Napier Jewelry:

1.   All sterling jewelry made after 1955 will have the copyright mark.

2.   Not all base metal jewelry made after 1955 will have the copyright mark.

3.   Napier used the block NAPIER trademark (not in the cusped hexagonal shape as shown below)  from “not less than one year” of the trademark filing  date of 6/28/1923 until its closure.  Other marks were used during this period as well.

Napier Trademark 1921

Napier Trademark
Registered in July 1921. First used 10/25/1920

4.   If a piece does not have the word “Sterling” on the item, it’s not sterling.

5.   Charm bracelets are the most “faked” piece of jewelry in the realm of Napier collectibles.

3 Responses to Top Five Things to Know When You Buy Napier Jewelry

  1. Domenic December 4, 2012 at 3:39 AM #

    Your post, Top Five Things to Know When You Buy Napier Jewelry, is really well written and insightful. Glad I found your website, warm regards from Domenic!

  2. teabag52 February 2, 2013 at 4:43 AM #

    What jewelry clues suggest the piece was designed by Warren Dontigney?

    • admin February 3, 2013 at 3:53 PM #

      Warren’s work has been harder to identify in terms of the specific pieces he created. However, he was known for his carving from fancy clasps, figurals and giftware. He said he designed a “prestige” line, but I’ve yet to unearth what those pieces were. I would have very much loved to have discovered more of his designs than I’ve been able to thus far.

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